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September 4, 2010

Friday in the Atlantic East and South

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OK, so what is it that makes Batesville (Miss.) South Panola so good?

Consider its latest dominating effort for the top team in the RivalsHigh Top 100 in Memphis, Tenn.

There's the offense: It rolled up 398 total yards and scored 28 points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. Most of the damage came from running back Qyendarius Griffin, who had 230 yards and three touchdowns - including a 93-yarder.

Then there's the defense: It limited Memphis University to just 50 total yards in the game and no points. University's only score came when South Panola snapped the ball out of the end zone.

Or maybe it's just the team itself: It won its third straight on the road to open the season, and its 15th straight overall. And if you think it's not going up against top-notch competition, think again. The loss was University's first since the 2007 playoffs and ended a 28-game win streak.

South Panola coach Lance Pogue was matter of fact with his assessment.

"I don't mean to say this boastfully but I thought we were better than they were," he told the Commercial Appeal. "I thought they wouldn't be able to handle our speed. We just overmatched them."

  • RivalsHigh take: This game was over when South Panola found the stadium. The teams were so far apart in talent this season that this game could only have gone one way. The Tigers could have named the score had they wanted to and already had second teamers in the game from the second half kickoff.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

    More games involving Top 100 teams in the Atlantic East and South from Friday night:

    No. 19 Camden County 45, No. 3 Miami Central 42

    It only figures that a game that looked like a track meet was settled by a foot.

    Matt Khasz's 19-yard field goal as time expired gave Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County the victory at home over No.3 Miami (Fla.) Central.

    This game was all about big scoring plays. There was a 34-yard TD pass, a 94-yard kickoff return on the ensuing possession, an 80-yard scoring pass and a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a score.

    And that was all in the first quarter.

    Camden took a 29-21 lead at halftime, then survived a late turnover - Miami Central tied the game on a fumble return - for the victory.

  • RivalsHigh take: Camden County may have saved the perception of Georgia high school football for many across the country with this win. The effort of the team after it gave up a huge first quarter showed a lot of character. It will be interesting to see how the Wildcats fair when they play Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. You know - a talented team with a coaching staff.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Miami Herald.

    No. 6 West Monroe 68, Leesville 28

    This game was a bit closer than the final score indicated.

    West Monroe (La.) High was never in trouble at home, but it held just a seven-point lead (28-21) midway through the second quarter. From there, the defending Louisiana 5A champs pulled away.

    The battle of the backs proved to be a little closer.

    West Monroe's Tyler Cain rushed for 114 yards and four TDs. Leesville's Levandor Liggins also had four scores, rushing for 50 yards while catching eight passes for 148 yards and three more TDs.

  • RivalsHigh take: It is a little disconcerting that West Monroe, a team hyped for having its best defense in years, gave up 28 to a less-than-stellar Leesville team. Hanging nearly 70 can offset come of that seed of doubt, but it has been planted.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the The News Star.

    No. 22 North Gwinnett 17, No. 17 Crenshaw 12

    Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett defeated Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw with a defensive play - Brandon McGowan's 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter was the winning score.

    But the key to the game was Crenshaw running back De'Anthony Thomas.

    Thomas had an amazing 58-yard for a score - one where he appeared to be stopped in the backfield - and added a 27-yard catch-and-run touchdown, both in the first quarter.

    But he also fumbled to halt a second-quarter drive and then missed most of the second half with a leg injury. Crenshaw, playing its opening game, stalled without him.

  • RivalsHigh take: Home field advantage won this one for North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs had no answer for De'Anthony Thomas, who has 151 of the Crenshaw 179 yards in the first half, until cramps limited him to one touch in the second half. Neither team had much of an offense in this one and North Gwinnett played well enough not to lose.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    No. 76 LaSalle 27, No. 45 North Penn 14

    Not bad for openers.

    Matt Magarity, taking over at QB for LaSalle, went 13-for-21 for 140 yards and three TDs to lead No. 76 Wyndmoor (Pa.) LaSalle to an upset over No. 45 Lansdale (Pa.) North Penn.

    Magarity, who replaced three-year starter Drew Loughery, threw TD passes of 23 and 37 yards to Sean Coleman, then added the go-ahead score - a 20-yard pass to Colin Buckley midway through the third quarter.

    "It's a great feeling," Magarity told Philly.com. "I've been looking forward to this my whole life. I played OK, with some mistakes thrown in. I just hope I can somewhat fill Drew Loughery's shoes."

    Craig Needhammer carried the ball 19 times for 116 yards for North Penn, which hadn't lost at home since 2006.

  • RivalsHigh take: This is a moderate upset and may only be an upset because of the rankings. The two teams were evenly matched entering the game but the defending state champs were able to rise up and get the win. It is a nice tone setter for the season but, if the two meet again, it could be the chip on the shoulder that North Penn will need to outwork LaSalle the rest of the way.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story from Philly.com.

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